Martin came through the front door with Alan in tow as the rain outside bore down upon them.
Martin cast a look out the door, “The thing I hate about winter here is the fact that we get rain instead of snow.”
Alan then quickly added, “Well that and the flu.”
Martin nodded, “True.”
Both humans walked into the kitchen and saw that a scroll lay upon the kitchen table with a familiar scrawl etched on it. For a few weeks Martin had been getting them delivered to his door both figuratively and literally by Derpy Hooves who had made his house one of her delivery route stops. Thankfully Sortitus had added an auto clothe function to the bridge as to not cause any…awkward entries. Martin was soon up in his room packing a duffel bag of essentials as his thoughts turned to the incident that transpired three weeks ago concerning Lupe and Sortitus and a frown appeared on his face as his packing slowed down. He remembered the day Lupe was banished and everything afterward in horrible clarity even though he tried to forget about it and move on. He shook his head of the dark melancholy thoughts and zipped up the bag to prepare for his and Alan’s departure to Equestria because he had decided his three week moping period was over.
He came downstairs to find Alan checking his watch impatiently, “About time you got here dude. What were you doing packing away nasty secrets?”
Martin sighed, “No, just packing toothpaste and what not.”
Alan clapped his hands together as he stood up and pointed at the door, “Let’s roll my good man.”
Martin gave a light chuckle as he pulled his key out but stopped in mid stride noticing the scroll, “When did this arrive?”
Alan shrugged, “I thought you knew.”
Martin picked it up and stashed it in his bag as he passed the key to Alan, “You care to do the honours?”
Alan smiled as he pressed the key to the knob and a loud clicking was heard as he passed the key to Martin. Both humans inhaled as Martin opened the door and both friends stepped into the light…and emerged into chaos. Ponies were running around screaming as what could only be described as a chimera was attacking Ponyville with massive ferocity. Its snake tail hissed at various ponies as it used its ram head to smash various stalls and booths.
Alan looked at Martin who grinned slightly as he removed his coat revealing a white t-shirt, “Time to go to work.”
Martin then vanished in a blink of an eye which caused Alan to jump in surprise. Soon the chimera roared in surprise as it was smacked in the face several times then thrown out of town by its snake tail.
The Mayor looked around in confusion, “What in the name of..?”
She was cut off by a laugh from above her as Martin turned visible and was floating a couple of feet above her head, “Jeez, I’m away for three weeks and a chimera attacks? Honestly you ponies NEED to call me more often.”
The Mayor smiled as Martin landed beside her, “Well we thought we could handle it but clearly you are more equipped for the situation.”
Martin smiled as Alan weaved through the crowd, “You are such a ham dude.”
All the ponies looked at Alan in surprise as Martin walked over to him, “Everypony this is my friend Alan Washington. Please make him feel welcome.”
Everypony cheered at the humans as they all began chatting with both of them in unison only for a loud whistle to be heard accompanied by a familiar voice, “I say girls; it seems we have to celebrities that have forgotten about the small ponies.”
The crowd parted to reveal the six staring at them with smiles as Martin and Alan walked to them, “Who are you all again?”
AJ softly punched Martin in the leg, “Very funny, howya been you two?”
Alan looked around with wide eyes, “I cannot believe I am actually standing in the square if Ponyville…”, he turned his head and noticed Lyra staring at him with a grin, “…AND Lyra Heartstrings at my back!”
Martin rolled his eyes as he whispered at the six, “He hasn’t shut up about coming here for a week.”
All of the six laughed as Alan allowed Lyra to examine his hands with glee.
Soon they were all at Twilights sipping drinks as Alan was browsing the shelves in awe which Martin noticed, “Are you going to do this everywhere we go?”
Alan did not hesitate in his answer, “Yes.”
Martin groaned as he turned back to Twilight, “Sorry about this.”
Twilight raised a hoof, “It’s completely fine. I am actually flattered that he has taken an interest in our in culture.”
Martin had a straight face, “Interest is a bit of an understatement.”
They all shared a laugh once more until some of the six informed Martin that they had to run errands but would catch up with him later. Twilight, Martin and Alan chatted for a few hours until Twilight remembered something.
She pointed at Martin, “Did you get the scroll I sent you by any chance?”
Martin pulled it out, “Yeah why?”
Twilight looked at him, “you didn’t read it?”
Martin stared at the scroll, “Yeah, is it important?”
Twilight was about to answer until a knock was heard which Martin said he would get. He opened the door and stared at the pony before him. The Unicorn had a white coat and cerulean eyes with a blue mane and matching hooves and his cutie mark was a shield with stars on it. He wore a red fancy coat with gold trim and returned Martin’s stare.
Martin raised an eyebrow, “Hi.”
The unicorn mirrored his reaction, “Hi.”
The unicorn looked past him, “is my sister home?”
A look of realization appeared on his face as he turned to look inside, “Twilight your brothers here!”
Twilight teleported to Martin’s side as Shining Armour smiled at his sister, “Hey Twilly.”
Martin stifled a laugh as Twilight gave him a look which he immediately took interest in the ceiling as she smiled at Shining, “Shining Armour this is my friend Martin Fairbridges, the one I told you about in my letters.”
Shining Armour looked at Martin with a friendly smile, “So you’re the one who saved my sister and Equestria? Thank you for your help.”
Martin fist/hoof bumped Shining, “Anytime dude.”
A voice was heard from behind Armour, “Honey could you please move?”
Shining moved immediately an Alicorn walked up to Martin with a look of surprise and fascination to which Martin smiled, “Princess Mi Amore Cadenza I presume?”
Cadance smiled as she waved a hoof dismissively, “Please don’t be so formal, call me Cadance.”
Martin moved out of the way and noticed something which made him face palm, Alan was kneeling on one knee in respect as Martin gestured, “This is Alan Washington….my friend.”
Cadance smiled as she tapped Alan on the head causing him to look up, “You don’t have to kneel, any friend of Twilights is a friend of ours.”
Alan stood up as he smiled, “Sorry, old habit.”
Martin rolled his eyes once more as they all sat down.
Shining Armour looked at Martin, “Is it true what they say about you? That you are from another world and can do feats nopony can do?”
Cadance nudged her husband, “Please dear don’t bother him about that.”
Martin raised his hand, “It’s no trouble. Yes it’s all true; I could do a demonstration if you both want.”
Cadance looked a little embarrassed at the offer, “We don’t want to be a bother.”
Shining Armour nodded, “Yeah, you don’t have to-“
Martin shook his head, “Everypony outside for feats beyond awesome.”
Martin stood on the grass as Twilight, Shining Armour, Alan and Cadance watched from some lawn furniture as Martin addressed a boulder in front of him which caused Alan to yell, “You can do it Martin, Show Tom who’s boss!”
Martin cracked his knuckles which went invisible and back again in a blink of an eye much to Shining and Cadance’s surprise. Martin then grabbed Tom and flew it up in the air in a blink of an eye, soon the rest of the six showed up and greeted the present royalty.
Dash looked at Alan, “Where’s Martin?”
Alan pointed up in response as every being craned their heads upwards only to see Tom smack back into the ground with a bang as Martin landed on top of it with a smirk, “Cool right?”
Cadance nodded, “That was impressive and AMAZING!”
Shining Armour nodded his agreement, “You should sign up for the royal guard. You would make a great guardsmen.”
Martin waved it off, “Nah, thanks for the offer though.”
Cadance looked surprised, “but surely you would want a position that would be fitting of your title.”
Martin raised an eyebrow, “Huh?”
Shining Armour smiled, “We came here because of the ceremony that all royals are going to attend.”
Martin was even more confused as all the other ponies smiled leaving both humans confused even more, “What ceremony?”
Cadance spoke with equal confusion, “The ceremony where Princess Celestia is set to knight you of course.”
Martin and Alan were both wide eyed as they spoke at once, “WHAT?!”